The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) Office of the Student Services serves as the liaison between NTPS, its students, and the various federal, state, and local agencies concerned with Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits and Department of Defense (DoD) tuition assistance.
NTPS has made a good faith effort to comply with the Principles of Excellence established by Executive Order 13607. NTPS participates in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership program so that eligible active duty service members are able to obtain Tuition Assistance from their military branch as administered by the Department of Defense. The VA Certifying Officer in the Student Services Office serves as the first point of contact for Veterans education benefits assistance and DoD tuition assistance.
NTPS certifies enrollment for Veterans education benefits for students in degree seeking programs, and students in VA approved certificate programs offered through the NTPS. Non-matriculated and unapproved certificate programs are not eligible. All students eligible to receive Veterans education benefits or DoD tuition assistance while attending NTPS are urged to complete arrangements with the appropriate agency in advance of enrollment.
NTPS is required to certify only those courses that meet minimum graduation requirements. Courses not directly related to a student's degree program or courses beyond those required for a specific degree program are not certified. Graduate students should have Student Services approve their study lists as meeting graduation requirements on a quarterly basis.
To comply with federal regulations concerning credit for previous training (38 CFR 21.4253), NTPS is required to evaluate all previous education and training completed elsewhere to determine what credit, if any, should be granted to students eligible to receive Veterans education benefits or DoD tuition assistance. NTPS is required to complete an evaluation; credit is granted when appropriate. Credit is evaluated toward the degree program registered with Veterans Affairs or DoD as determined by the Office of Student Services in conjunction with the relevant academic committee. All relevant policies regarding transfer credit apply. In addition, this evaluation occurs each time a student's degree program is changed. Subject to current federal and NTPS guidelines, students eligible for receipt of Veterans education benefits or DoD tuition assistance have their prior education and training evaluated up to the credit limits outlined in the "the Transfer of Credits” section of the NTPS Catalog.